After months of training, on November 18, 2018 Laura-Lee lined up at the start of Ironman Arizona. This was her first attempt at the epic Iron race distance. The weather was promising but unfortunately the water in Salt River was frigid at 59F with an air temperature of 48F. Struggling with many other participants in the swim, Laura-Lee’s race day was cut short because of hypothermia. Her race had hardly begun and had to DNF the race she trained long and hard to finish. Once she warmed up the day was not all lost she had her fiancé Bernardo to cheer on and support as he crossed the finish line.
Because Laura-Lee had done the work and was determined to do an Ironman, once the couple returned home Bernardo hatched a plan to challenge Laura-Lee to do the race anyways. Despite being November in Toronto and not having her biked shipped back to the city yet, race logistics were organized. With some planning, a borrowed bike, rain gear and head lamps a race route was mapped out and executed. The transiting area was set up at home in their condo downtown with the bike on the trainer plus snacks ready to go. The swim start was at the local YMCA for a 3.8k pool swim, the bike a 180km Zwift ride, then a dark and rainy 42.2km run through the streets and paths in Toronto with Bernardo on a bike at her side for safety and support.
The finish line was set up at a local track. As a surprise a few friends and TTC members were let in on the home made race to surprise Laura-Lee at the finish. Despite the cold dark rainy night everyone was out cheering and dancing showing huge team spirit with their home made signs to congratulate Laura-Lee and her extreme determination in achieving her home-made Toronto Ironman race finish. Of course post race there was pizza and a well deserved celebration!!
Unofficial Race time 13h 50mins.
Congratulations Laura-Lee and the entire organizing and support team!